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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Rock Hall Announces Special Events 
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

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For the 14th year in a row, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a free admission day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 19, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The museum also has a day of special programming lined up. Visitors can enter for a chance to win a museum membership; five Family Roller memberships will be raffled off during the day. A press release sent out today lists the entertainment and programs. The Klipsch Audio stage entertainment lineup includes the following: The Antioch Spiritual Arts Choir, an "acclaimed co-ed choir from Antioch Baptist Church who focus on spirituals, folk and gospel music"; West Side Community House's Summer of Sisterhood program; The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, a "powerful performance arts and spoken word group comprised of adolescent males (age 12-19) from various inner city Cleveland communities"; Inspire *1* One, a band featuring former students from Cleveland School of the Arts; and Lake Erie Ink, a "writing space for youth is a non-profit that provides creative expression opportunities and academic support to youth in the greater Cleveland community." 

Up in the museum's Foster Theater that's located on the fourth floor, you can explore educational topics in programs such as "Cleveland is the City,”
a program that explores the history of soul and rhythm and blues music in Cleveland, and “Rock and Roll and the Civil Rights Movement,”
a program about how a range of artists, from Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke to Berry Gordy "created a popular music that empowered African Americans to take their rightful place in American society." Marvin Gaye’s What’s Goin’ On will be played in its entirety and Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory, a documentary film about the life and music of the gospel singer and 1997 Early Influence Inductee, will be screened. Footage from King's “I Have a Dream” speech will be shown throughout the day.

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